Athletics - Mother of all sports

image By Wayam Magazine 29 August 2023

Athletics is called the ‘Mother of all sports’ because all our movements like walking, running, jumping, throwing are used in this game.

Athletics is an important Olympic sport. It has many events, almost 28 ! Most of you know about Athletics as it is the main attraction of the school sports day. The fastest athlete & the Best athlete of the year are decided. 

There are some Track Events like Sprints (100m., 200m., 400m.) Hurdles - 100m hurdles (women) 110m hurdles (men) 400m hurdles (men & women). Also, Middle distance and Long distance. You must have enjoyed playing Relay race in your school. 

There are some Field Events like Jumping. It includes Long Jump, High Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault. 

Have you ever played Throwing events that include Discus, Shot put, Javelin and Hammer throw? 

There are some Multiple Events like Decathlon (for men) which  includes 10 events and is the following order: 1st day – 100m running, Long jump, shot put, High jump, and 400m running.  2nd day – 110m hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin, 1800m running. 

Heptathlon (for women) includes events in the following order:- 1st day – 100m hurdles, High jump, Shot put, 200m, 2nd day – Long jump, Javelin, 800m running. 
Marathon is a popular game. Marathon is a long distance running event distancing 42.195 km or 26 miles & 385 yards.

You all must be enjoying running, jumping, hopping, throwing, catching, kicking, balancing & climbing. With proper training and perseverance you can acquire Athletic expertise. 

-Ajit Kulkarni
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